Wild Bill Hickok aired from 1 April 1951 until 31 December 1954 over the Mutual Broadcasting System on radio and then made the move to television from 1955 to 1958. The show was sponsored by Kellogg Cereals and aimed at the younger generation.
Guy Madison played Marshal Wild Bill Hickok and his sidekick Jingles B Jones was Andy Devine. Both stared in their roles for the television show. The Announcer was Charlie Lyon and the director was Paul Pierce.
According to Dunning the plots were simple and along lines of other radio western shows of the time. Our hero and his comic sidekick get themselves in a predicament. Then there is some gun play, fighting and in the end our heroes win the day. They get on their trusty mounts and ride off looking for another adventure.
Of the 274 episodes there are around 268 that appear to be available according to the Otter Database listings. So why not discover your inner child and listen to some old west adventures brought to you by Wild Bill Hickok.
OTRR Release Information:
Series Name: Wild Bill Hickok
Release Status: OTRR Certified Accurate
Release Date: May 1, 2016
Release Version: Version 1
Number of CDs: 7
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It contains the most complete and accurate version of this series in the best sound possible at the time of creation. An updated version will be issued if more episodes or better sounding ones become available.
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OTRR Maintained Set -- This set contains all known episodes in the best available audio condition with the most accurate dates and titles known to be in general circulation and based on current research at the time of release. Replaces OTRR Certified Accurate and OTRR Certified Complete.
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Pre-2019 OTRR Definitions:
OTRR Certified Accurate -- A series that was "Certified Accurate" indicated that all the episodes were properly identified and labeled based on current information but that the series did not contain all known extant episodes.
OTRR Certified Complete -- A series that was "Certified Complete" achieved the highest level of certification available under the OTRR Certified Standards. This certification level implied that all the files in the series were "Certified Accurate" and also indicated that the series was as complete as possible and included all circulating episodes.
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